The New Eastside features several of the tallest buildings in Chicago and may include a few of the tallest buildings in the United States. The overall planned development, the park, and several of the individual buildings have won awards for architecture and/or urban planning. The buildings are planned for various types of residential use (condominiums, apartments, or hotels). Due to the neighborhood's proximity to both Lake Michigan to the east and the Chicago River to the north, many of the buildings are named with aquatic or nautical themes.
The New Eastside neighborhood Lakeshore East master plan incorporates the development of 16 buildings of mix use. Ranging in size from a few stories to towering skyscrapers. Situated between the Chicago River, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan the buildings surround a 6-acre park. The village market features shops, dining, banking and a grocery.